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New York pastor organises kissing contests during service

By Samuel Okocha     Nov 21, 2011 in World
A New York pastor is using public kissing contests during services to help teach married couples how to keep romance alive in their marriages. His Sunday sermons have been described as the sexiest in town.
With sermons, titled "The Power and Pleasure of Romance," Pastor Maurice Johnson of the non-denominational Winners Church in Queens is highlighting the importance of marriage in the African-American community, the New York Post reports.
In one of his sermons, the pastor tells his non-denominational congregation of 75 that “your bedroom and your love life are fires that must be nurtured and fought for …use the power of touch to ignite passion in your marriage.
“You should be visually stimulated for your husband or your wife. It is your biblical responsibility to look good for your spouse,” he adds according to the Post.
Kissing contest
At the peak of the pastor's sermon, four married couples are called to the pulpit. While a keyboardist and drummer create a romantic air with RnB tunes, the couple practice what is preached- kissing for uninterrupted five minutes.
The couple who demonstrates the most passion while lip-locked in front of the judging congregants wins $50 to spend on date night.
“You see kissing in all kinds of contexts, but you don’t necessarily see it in a marriage context,” said Frantz Cochy, 39, who won the contest with his wife of 13 years, Makeetah, 36. “I wasn’t embarrassed, but I guess I felt a little awkward,” he added.
Physical romance
The Winners Church pastor who advocates physical affection to strengthen romantic partnership encourages married couples to push the boundaries and experiment with each other in public.
“Any society that celebrates marriage, romance and love is going to be a free society,” the Post quoted Johnson as saying. “Public displays of affection aren’t wrong. Adam and Eve were naked, and they were not ashamed.”
The bachelor pastor who intends to marry next year says he’ll practice what he preaches.
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